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PASHITO THE CHE (B h, 116 lb) $150,000
Flatter —Pashmina , by Pentelicus
B—Mr. & Mrs. Leverett S. Miller, FL.; O—Tuna Stables and Off The Hook Racing; T—Scott A. Lake

Custom for Carlos (B h, 119 lb) $50,000
More Than Ready —Meadow Oaks , by Meadowlake
B—David E. Hager, II, KY.; O—Homewrecker Racing LLC and Avalon Farm; T—Eddie Kenneally

Carbonite (CH g, 116 lb) $27,500
Aldebaran —Queen Mindy , by King of Kings (IRE)
B—Mercedes Stables LLC, KY.; O—Mercedes Stables LLC; T—Anthony W. Dutrow

Margins: nose, 6¾, 3¼. Others: Just Ben 114($15,000) , You Luckie Mann 120($7,500) , Everyday Heroes 119 , Happy Bull 117 , Mesa Sunrise 113 . Winning Jockey, Eibar Coa.

LetÕs call it the ÒungreeningÓ of Pashito the Che: Throw out his first two races and the 3-year-old sprinting specialist has been a model of consistency, highlighted by his appropriately gallant victory Oct. 10 in the $250,000 Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park. Ridden by Eibar Coa and trained by Scott Lake for Tuna Stable and Off the Hook, the bay has accumulated earnings of $308,310. In these harsh economic times when owners are paying close attention to the bottom line, thatÕs quite an ROR for the $1,700 they laid out for the colt at the 2006 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs fall mixed sale, with the promise of even greater returns.

Unraced as a 2-year-old, Pashito the Che hinted he might be worth a lot more than his bargain price when he finished third in his first start at Gulfstream Park in February, a maiden claiming race. Moving up the ladder of difficulty to the maiden special weight ranks for his next start, he finished fifth, his only off-the-board effort, and since then he hasnÕt looked back, never finishing worse than second in eight consecutive starts that include three stakes wins.

Bred in Florida by Mr. and Mrs. Leverett Miller, Pashito the Che is a son of the A.P. Indy stallion Flatter. Although Flatter never won a stakes for his owner/breeders Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, his racing career had shown great promise. He had won four of his six starts and finished third in the grade II Washington Park Handicap before being retired. And then there was the pedigree: that cross between A.P. Indy and Mr. Prospector already responsible for the likes of Horse of the Year Mineshaft, champion 2-year-old filly Tempera, and ClaiborneÕs very own Pulpit, whose progenyÕs success at the races had begun to lift his reputation as an up-and-coming sire; that female family tracing back to La Troienne with a dam thatÕs a half-sister to four graded stakes winners, including useful sires Eastern Echo and Roar, and a third dam that produced seven stakes winners, one of which, Sea Hero, pulled off the Kentucky Derby-Travers (both grade I) double. Pashito the Che, as are a preponderance of FlatterÕs stakes winners, is inbred to Bold Ruler

Pashito the CheÕs dam, Pashmina (by Pentelicus), has her own credentials as well. Pashmina is a winning half-sister to stakes winner Chasseresse, whose dam, Heir DÕ Mint, is a half-sister to three graded stakes winners: grade III winner Omi (by Wild Again); grade III winner Ground Storm (by Summer Squall); and Pompeii (by Broad Brush), who won the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Pashmina has a juvenile full brother, Well Tanned Prez, to the Gallant Bob winner, a yearling filly by Medallist, and a weanling filly by the recently repatriated South African Horse of the Year, Horse Chestnut.

Flatter is the sire of nine stakes winners, five of which have been added-money winners this year. He stands at the Hancock familyÕs Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., and his 2009 stud fee was $5,000.ÑT.H.